These 10 Rare Photos Show Cleveland's Auto History Like Never Before
By Nikki Rhoades|Published June 04, 2017
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is — she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
In the early years of the automotive industry, Cleveland was a hub of activity, particularly when it came to the production of luxury cars. The first diesel engine in the United States was constructed in Cleveland, the concept of “ready-made” (versus custom-made) cars got its start in our city, and the first car accident in history occurred on streets with which Ohioans are very familiar. We often forget the rich culture that automobiles enriched old-timey Cleveland with, but these vintage photos will take you back in time.
It truly is remarkable to learn how Cleveland has played a role in the development and growth of the auto industry. All these historic photos have me dreaming of all the classic cars I’d like to own. What is your favorite classic car? Let us know, and tell us any facts you may have learned growing up about the local auto history!
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